Lucy May <I>Dean</I> Brown

Lucy May Dean Brown

Ontario, Canada
Death 22 Feb 1919 (aged 78)
Pacific Grove, Monterey County, California, USA
Burial Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Plot Block 37, Lot 303
Memorial ID 85761035 · View Source
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Lucy Dean was my great grandmother. She was born in Canada, the last child of her parents, when they were living in Ontario between 1838 - 1848. Then the family returned to the United States, to Niagara County NY and lived in the town of Lewiston.
Lucy left home in 1861 and traveled by herself, as a young single woman, on a ship around the Horn to California, where she had a sister living in Sacramento. Her sister, Ann Dean, had earlier made that same journey around the Horn.
Lucy went into the gold mining area to work as a cook in a boarding house. There she met Benjamin Brown, who had been in California since 1849. He also was from upstate New York. They were married in 1863 at Campo Seco in Calaveras County, a mining community.
When their family of six children was grown, they left San Joaquin County and moved to San Francisco. They were there at the time of the 1906 earthquake. Their son rescued them and took them across the Bay to live in Oakland.
Lucy became a widow in October 1906. She lived with her youngest daughter, Mabel Brown Johnson, in Oakland, then later in Berkeley. When her daughter's family moved to a ranch near Boulder Creek, Santa Cruz County, CA in 1916, Lucy went to Pacific Grove, near Carmel, and lived in her own home. She died there, confined to a wheel chair due to a recent broken hip.

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  • Created by: Nancy Sicotte
  • Added: 26 Feb 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 85761035
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lucy May Dean Brown (22 May 1840–22 Feb 1919), Find A Grave Memorial no. 85761035, citing Stockton Rural Cemetery, Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, USA ; Maintained by Nancy Sicotte (contributor 46626146) .